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BTL:Medicare Drug Benefit Legislation not a Cure-All for... (english)
11 Jul 2003
...Failing Healthcare System. Interview with Dr. Quentin Young, Physicians for a National Health Program, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Medicare Drug Benefit Legislation not a Cure-All for Failing Healthcare System

Interview with Dr. Quentin Young, Physicians for a National Health Program, conducted by Scott Harris

In early 2000, President Clinton proposed the inclusion of prescription drug benefits in the nation's Medicare health program, but with disagreements on how the program should be organized, Congress failed to act. Now more than three years later, legislation which will provide drug subsidies to senior citizens has been passed both by the House and Senate. Although differences in the two chamber's bills still need to be reconciled, the total package of benefits is estimated to cost $400 billion over the next decade. The legislation will offer beneficiaries the option of choosing either private providers or traditional fee for service plans.

The Bush administration maintains that shifting Medicare toward private, for-profit providers will reduce costs through competition. But opponents of the measure say the legislation will impose additional costs on Medicare beneficiaries, leave large gaps in coverage and increase the program's reliance on private insurance to provide medical services. According to a recent study from the Urban Institute, Medicare's government run program has more effectively controlled health care costs than private insurers.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Dr. Quentin Young, national coordinator with Physicians for a National Heath Program and a practicing physician for five decades. Dr. Young assesses the Medicare prescription drug plan and explains why he advocates the adoption of a single payer, universal health care system.

Contact Physicians for a National Health Program by calling (312) 782-6006 or visit their website at
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